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Blattner Energy completes 20MW Li-ion ESS

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 16:58 -- Paul Crompton
Blattner Energy completes 20MW Li-ion ESS

US power generation contractor and renewable energy company Blattner Energy has completed construction of a 20MW lithium-ion battery storage project.

The Lee/DeKalb energy storage system (ESS) in Illinois, US, is now providing the regional transmission organisation, PJM Interconnection, with the frequency regulation support needed for the area.

The project included Greensmith Energy Management Systems as the integrator of eight containers, 10 feet by 40 feet in size, housing 2.5MW of LG Chem lithium-ion batteries each.

Blattner Energy engineered the system, procured the technology and equipment, oversaw the installation and interconnection of the system technology, as well as completing the testing and start-up activities.

Stephen Jones, director of solar, Blattner Energy, said: “Battery storage will be a key technology in supporting the stability of our grid and the intermittency of some renewable generation sources.”

Picture: Stephen Jones, director of solar, Blattner Energy

S&C Electric Company in senior post shuffle

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 16:40 -- Paul Crompton
Andrew Jones, Senior Vice President of International Business at S&C

US based smart grid and ESS firm S&C Electric Company has appointed Andrew Jones as Senior Vice President of International Business.

Jones was General Manager of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Business Unit for seven years. He succeeds Grant Buchanan who will remain the President of S&C Electric Canada Ltd until his retirement on 31st December 2015.

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Saft moves into Japanese market with Li-ion ESS

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 14:28 -- Paul Crompton
Saft moves into Japanese market with Li-ion ESS

French battery firm Saft is moving into the Japanese market after winning a contract to supply a containerised lithium-ion energy storage system (ESS) to the country.

The ESS project - a first for Saft in Japan - will offer a nominal storage capacity of 520kWh and 1MWh peak power output on Niijima, a volcanic island in the Philippine Sea.a

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LG Chem signs $272m deal to supply Li-ion ESSs to Japan

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 14:15 -- Paul Crompton
LG Chem signs $272m deal to supply Li-ion ESSs to Japan

South Korea's LG Chem Inc. has secured a deal to supply lithium-ion energy storage systems (ESS) to Japan.

The nation's largest battery manufacturer will supply ESSs for four solar plants in a contract worth more 300 billion won (US$272.7 million).

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Alevo 200MWh ESS to be biggest in US

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 14:10 -- Paul Crompton
Alevo 200MWh ESS to be biggest in US

Swiss based Energy storage Provider Alevo Group has announced plans for the largest lithium-ion based energy storage deployment in the US.

The firm is set to provide 200MW of grid frequency regulation services to the wholesale power market through its GridBank energy storage systems (ESS).

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100MW goal begins with Europe’s biggest Li-ion ESS

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 13:27 -- Paul Crompton
100MW goal begins with Europe’s biggest Li-ion ESS

Europe's biggest electricity storage battery using a 10MW lithium-ion battery array is being built in Northern Ireland (NI).

Plans to provide an extra 250MW of capacity - enough to power 160,000 homes - are in the advanced stages at a site next to Kilroot Power Station.

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ESS firm VIZn expands to hit 1MWh zinc-ion target

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 13:22 -- Paul Crompton
ESS firm VIZn expands to hit 1MWh zinc-ion target

US based ViZn Energy Systems Inc has expanded its operations as it aims to ship more than 1MWh of zinc-ion flow battery systems in the first half of 2015.

ViZn is expanding its capabilities at its Montana facility, where the company’s design center, engineering and operations staff are located, to support the increase in development and production of its next generation zinc-iron flow batteries.  

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UK unveils EES Good Practice Guide

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 16:05 -- Paul Crompton
UK unveils EES Good Practice Guide

A Good Practice Guide (GPG) setting out the foundations for good practice in the Electrical Energy Storage (EES) sector has been developed in the UK.

By summarising ‘good practice’ for those deploying EES, in relation to the whole project life-cycle, the guide is set to become a go to reference text for the industry.

It covers battery technologies (lead-acid, nickel-candmium, high temperature sodium and Lithium-ion), flow batteries and thermodynamic cycle energy storage.

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US ESS guidelines could pave way for global standard

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 16:00 -- Paul Crompton
US ESS guidelines could pave way for global standard

A revised set of guidelines outlining how to gauge the way large batteries and grid-scale Energy Storage Systems (ESS) are evaluated has been released.

The latest protocol is set to ‘level the playing field’ in the way companies determine how different ESSs handle similar situations.

The protocol was developed by a working group of more than 100 stakeholders working under the leadership of the U.S. Department of Energy and two of its laboratories: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Sandia Laboratories.

 

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Flux Power secures Li-ion battery pack supply deal

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 13:02 -- Paul Crompton
Flux's 24-volt LiFT Pack

Lithium battery developer Flux Power Holdings, Inc. has secured an order for its Flux's 24-volt LiFT Pack batteries to power the electric pallet jacks of a US based consumer packaged goods company.

The Californian company’s industrial ESS Li-ion LiFT Pack S5, was designed for use on Class III pallet jacks or "walkies," which are small forklifts operated by a user walking alongside.

The announcement follows technical approval of the Flux packs by the forklift OEM's, Toyota Material Handling Group North America and Crown Equipment Corporation.

As the packaged goods company assessed Flux's 250Ahe LiFT Pack battery, before expanding its evaluation to the 80Ahe and 135Ahe models

The packs produce 2000 cycles before battery capacity is 80% of the original size and able to produce 180Amp and max peak current, according to Flux.

Ron Dutt, Flux Power's CEO, said was excited to have secured approval for their lithium battery packs.

He added: “We are pleased that Crown and Toyota recognise the value our advanced lithium battery packs bring to their key customers and thank them for their support in making this happen. “Today's technical and purchase approvals are significant milestones that build Flux's reputation, brand and market position."

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